Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 08/18/13

Game One Hundred Twenty-Three: Cubs (53-69) vs. Cardinals (70-52)

  • Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Edwin Jackson (7-12, 5.05/1.41) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-7, 2.71/1.05)

The Cubs will try to bounce back from another shut out and take another series from the Cardinals this afternoon behind Edwin Jackson.

The Cubs have been shut out at Wrigley five times in their last seven games. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are two of the big reasons as to why the Cubs are not scoring runs. Rizzo and Castro were a combined 2-for-22 on the homestand (1-5) prior to Saturday’s game. Rizzo went 0-for-3 with a walk and Castro was 0-for-2 before he was taken out of the game.

Dale Sveum would not commit one way or the other if Starlin Castro would be in the starting lineup for today’s game. Castro expects to be in the lineup after being benched for another mental gaffe. Sveum’s decision will make headlines, whether Castro is in the lineup or not.

The Cubs have been a much better team on the road this season (29-32) than at Wrigley. The Cubs enter play this afternoon 13 games under .500 at home (24-37) while only being outscored by 21 runs (273-252).

Today is the last matchup of the year between the Cubs and Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 7-8 in the 15 games against the Redbirds this season and the long-time rivals wrap up the 2013 campaign with three in St. Louis at the end of September (Sept. 27-Sept. 29).

This afternoon all starts with Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson’s last start came against the Cardinals a week ago, and it was not good early on. Jackson gave up three runs in the first inning and put his team in an early hole. The Cubs battled back, tied the game and took him off the hook. Jackson last only five innings and gave up four runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. The top of the Redbirds offense lit him up and hopefully that will not happen again this afternoon.

After just a tremendous July in which Edwin Jackson posted a 3-1 record in five starts with a 1.83 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, Jackson has reverted back to his early season performance in his last two outings. Jackson is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 9.90 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. The five walks and 16 hits allowed in 10 innings is a good indication of just how flat his stuff has been. Jackson was able to throw quality strikes during his best run of the year, but as has been the case throughout his career, the lack of consistency continues to cost him.

Edwin Jackson has improved dramatically at Wrigley and is 4-5 in 10 home starts with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. And Jackson will face one of his former teams for the fourth time this season.

Edwin Jackson is 1-1 in three starts against the Redbirds with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Cardinals Numbers against Edwin Jackson in 2013

  • Matt Adams – 0-for-1
  • Carlos Beltran – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Matt Carpenter – 4-for-9 with a double
  • Allen Craig – 4-for-7 with a double and two walks
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-2
  • David Freese – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 2-for-7 with a walk
  • Jon Jay – 1-for-6
  • Pete Kozma – 0-for-6
  • Yadier Molina – 1-for-6 with a home run

The Cubs did not have the pleasure of facing Adam Wainwright last weekend … and they were not too happy about it. Well, it is best to be careful what you ask for because sometimes you might just get it. And today the Cubs will see one of the best starting pitchers in the game.

Adam Wainwright is coming off a no decision against the Pirates. Wainwright allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings to the Pirates with three walks and six strikeouts. The Cardinals won the game and are 5-5 in his last ten starts.

The last month has not been very kind to Adam Wainwright. After posting a 4-2 record in six starts in June with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP, Wainwright has been human of late and is 1-2 in his last five starts with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Adam Wainwright makes his third start of the season against the Cubs this afternoon. Wainwright is 0-1 in his first two starts with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Adam Wainwright  

  • Darwin Barney – 8-for-21 with two doubles and a home run
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-5
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-19 with a double, a triple and two walks
  • David DeJesus – 9-for-23 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs
  • Cole Gillespie – 2-for-3
  • Edwin Jackson – one walk
  • Donnie Murphy – 0-for-1
  • Dioner Navarro – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Cody Ransom – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-9
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-11 with two doubles

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